I’ve always felt some programmes and films should never be remade or updated and when I heard of the BBC’s plans to revive Reginald Perrin I thought it was one of the worst ideas ever.
My one, single, desperate hope for it was the presence of Martin Clunes as Perrin. I dared to be confident that alone in the ranks of today’s comedy actors Clunes would be able to do the part justice.
Thankfully my confidence was rewarded with the one of the better written sitcoms of the past few years – the new series is a definite success.
Clunes gave a solid performance which instantly cemented his claim to the character, his timing was superb and his portrayal of a world weary every man couldn’t fail to invoke sympathy and pity.
The writing was deliciously sharp and the gags mostly hit the mark, though there were a few predictable clunkers such as the one about the old wellness officer retiring through ill health.
The cast was first rate, Neil Stuke was excellent as Perrin’s boss and Moving Wallpaper’s Lucy Liemann oozes sex appeal as the object of Perrin’s lust and attention. On the minus side I could have done without the annoying Steve and Anthony, two characters who looked like they’d wandered in from an episode of The Green Green Grass.
If the series can maintain the quality of this first episode it’ll prove a worthy successor to the original.